Education Week

October 17 – 21 is Education Week.  The theme for this year is Celebrating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow.


Our school has created activities for the week focusing on numeracy, literacy and team spirit.   

Numeracy:  Based upon a generous donation from Dream by Homes, our school has registered every student for an account on Mathletics.  Mathletics is a computer and app program that provides fun and educational math activities and games.  These activities and games are linked to Saskatchewan outcomes. 

During Education Week, each student will invite a parent, guardian, grandparent, relative or other special person to join them for one session of Mathletics where they will show their guest what Mathletics is all about.  There will be two half hour sessions a day from Monday to Friday at 9:00am and 3:00pm. 

To access Mathletics click on the image. 

Literacy:  We will have a Home Reading Olympics Night on Wednesday, October 19.  This is a challenge for families to read together for one evening.  Students will receive an entry for a draw to win a trip to Chapters to pick out a book of their choice.  Each classroom will have one winner.  Bronze:  Students who read for 10mins will receive 1 entry.  Silver:  Students who read for 20mins will receive 2 entries.  Gold:  Students who read for 30mins will receive 3 entries. Parents/guardians will sign for every 10mins read. 


For students who have access Raz-Kids click on the image.   



 Team Spirit:  On Friday, students are invited to dress in our school colours (blue and white) or in school clothing to show pride in being a falcon. 


News from the Office

2016 October news from the office:

Fall has a beauty and an excitement that is best understood when watching children jump into a pile of leaves. A joy that is quickly lost when you are the one raking and bagging the leaves to clean-up the yard for winter.

So, if you have to rake up the leaves, why not build in - - - a jump or two. It’s fun for all of us kids and kids at heart. Soon we will be digging into winter, or digging out as it often seems.


Pride in all our students!


Congratulations to all the Cross Country runners who proudly represented Dr. George Ferguson School at the Douglas Park meet. Two students moved forward to the final race and finished strong in their respective divisions.

Volleyball teams are serving up a storm and our soccer club is kicking things up. Please join us to support the students and enjoy some great entertainment.

We have received many inquiries at the office about students wearing costumes on October 31, 2016. There is no requirement for children to dress in a costume for the 31st and there is no issue if a child chooses to wear a costume that day. We leave that decision to the family and how your child dresses for that day. Some have chosen a Black and Orange theme. If you have questions around this, please contact the office.

Daily, the School Reading Program is working with students to become better readers. Students are actively reading and receiving instruction on reading strategies throughout the day.

We want to promote the importance of reading and the reality that practice makes perfect. Please help support this with your own home variation of this. Reading is fun and the better we read the more fun we have with our learning. Have some reading fun each evening.


Education Week:


Celebrating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow.   Oct. 17-21

Mathletics In and Beyond the Classroom! – 9 – 9:30 and 3 – 3:30 each day

Reading Olympics Evening - Wed evening go for the Gold!

Friday Falcons - Spirit Day – show our true colours




The Regina Public Schools conduct a variety of fall assessments to help determine the educational directions best suited to helping the students learn. A similar round of testing in the spring is done in order to compare the growth of each student from fall to spring.



Progress Conferences:

Soon we will be in November and First Term Reporting will take place. Progress Conferences will be held on Friday November 25,2016. Please mark that date on your calendar.

The school and home team working together is vital for an effective learning plan to support each student. It is greatly appreciated when families commit to the conference and help model the value of education. There are always great accomplishments to celebrate and perhaps, a few little tweaks to make learning more fun.



A few steps to help students learn at home:


  1. Daily Reading: it is not a secret that children who read, learn better.
  2. Communication: always ask what they did at school, ask, for details. Include a question of what is needed for tomorrow.
  3. Organization: in a busy world, it is important to plan and list events. Help your child see the value in using their Agenda to keep track of events in and out of school. Plan for the “busy” times.
  4. Celebrate small steps: empower the future growth with validation of a first step.
  5. Attendance: when an absence occurs, learning time is lost. Please promote the need to learn what was missed. Encourage your child to ask the teacher for the work they missed. This is a good place to utilize the agenda.


Give yourself permission to - - - “not be perfect”, but the inclusion of some of the above can help formulate an understanding of the importance of EDUCATION.


From the Office:

A thank-you to the staff:

I am blessed to work with the amazing staff at Dr. George Ferguson. The care for the students and the dedication to the education of those students is evident in every aspect of the school day. I invite you to contact us about a concern or even a wish; as we truly value the connection of the family and the school in the education of all children.

First contact is usually Mrs. Charissa Larsen our wonderful Admin Assistant that manages the office. She will facilitate connecting you with the staff person who will work with you.

Ms. Jessica Moffatt our VP and I are both new to Dr. George Ferguson and would enjoy an opportunity to meet and work with you. We are very informal and extend an invitation for you to pop in to say hello or to chat. Likely one of us can be free in a short moment. However, if time is tight, or you would like a specific meeting with one of us; please set that up with Mrs. Larsen at 306 791 8582. 

Take care and hope to see you soon.

Greg Harding

(Mrs. Larsen, Ms. Moffatt)


Choir and Chess

Dr. George Ferguson is excited to promote two fun activities

that students can participate in.

To find out about other extra-curricular activities please visit our extra-curricular activites page by clicking HERE.



Students from grades 4-8 are welcome to attend.  There is practice every Wednesday at lunchtime from 11:45am - 12:30pm.  Their first performance will be at the school Remembrance Day Ceremony.  If you have any questions about choir, please contact Amanda Brace at







Students from grades 5-8 are invited to learn and play chess every Thursday around lunchtime from 12:15pm - 12:45pm.  If you have any questions about chess, please contact Daelynn Green at

Click on the image to access a free online chess game: 



Picture Re-Takes

School picture re-takes will be on Thursday, November 3

Orange Shirt Day

On Friday, September 30th, Dr. George Ferguson will be participating in the Orange Shirt Legacy by encouraging all staff and students to wear an orange shirt.  To help explain what the event is all about, please read the excerpt below from 


Why Orange Shirts?

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.




Update from the Board: Grade 1 Transportation (2016-2017)

Grade 1 Transportation for the 2016-2017 School Year

Regina Public Schools, effective with the 2016-17 school year, will be changing its transportation procedures for Grade 1 students. You will have been contacted directly by letter if this change applies to your family. If you did not receive a letter, but think this applies to you, please contact your school principal.
Here are some of the details of the changes, for your information. Starting with the 2016-17 school year, only Grade 1 students who reside or whose caregivers reside more than 1,200 metres from their designated school will be eligible for transportation. This is a change from previous years where the distance from school requirement was 600 metres.

Transportation eligibility is based on Regina Public Schools Administrative Procedure and guidelines, as outlined below:


Eligibility for Regular Program transportation includes the following:

a. Students must reside inside the transportation services area for the designated school,

b. Students must be enrolled and attending their designated school,

c. Kindergarten students who reside 0.6 km or farther from the designated elementary school are eligible for transportation,

d. Other elementary school students who reside 1.2 km or farther from the designated elementary school are eligible for transportation.


Please be aware, however, that students may be eligible for an exception for transportation based on the guidelines listed below.

a. Exceptions may be permitted on Regular Program school buses but not on Regular Program light vehicle transportation (cabs, vans),

b. Exceptions may be permitted for students attending their designated school only if,

  • The existing stop is more than 1,000 metres from the designated school,
  • The student walks to an existing stop and there is room available on the school bus, and
  • The student is in grade 1 to grade 5.

Exceptions will only be granted if doing so will not affect the safety, economy or efficiency of the transportation service.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your principal.

Pre-Kindergarten Registration

Is your child a candidate for Pre-Kindergarten? We would love to welcome them to Dr. George Ferguson School!


Regina Public Schools welcomes Pre-Kindergarten students who are three and four years old.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Education's Prekindergarten Program is a developmentally-appropriate early childhood education program for three and four year old children.  Space is limited and children who would benefit most from enhanced programming are prioritized for enrolment. Information about Pre-Kindergarten in Regina Public Schools can be found here.

The half-day program has a qualified teacher who provides play-based programming for 16 children for 10 months of the year.  Programming focuses on holistic child development: social-emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual development.

Click here to download the Pre-Kindergarten application form.

Please note, if you are new to Canada, or not a Canadian Citizen, please contact the Regina Newcomer Centre before registering any new student.

Kindergarten Registration

Is your child ready for Kindergarten? We would love to welcome them to Dr. George Ferguson School!


Regina Public Schools welcomes new Kindergarten students who will be five years of age or older on December 31st of the year they register. Download the registration form here.

Please note, if you are new to Canada, or not a Canadian Citizen, please contact the Regina Newcomer Centre before registering any new student.

Let's Keep Healthy!

Regina Public Schools reminds all parents and guardians to keep students who are ill, or not feeling well, at home. Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region recommends that any students demonstrating signs of flu should stay home for a full seven days.

If you have any questions, please contact your school principal.

The Ferguson Community

School Demographics

Dr. George Ferguson School was opened in 1968. The Glencairn Community was a new and thriving suburb that resulted in a vibrant school that was a hub of activity. The school continues to be a centre for many activities. Currently the school population is about 280 students in regular and special needs classrooms.  A board decision to discontinue the busing of EAL students out of the Dr. George Ferguson catchment area has resulted in a significant increase in the student population. The multi-family housing units within the community are home to many of our EAL children as well as children coming from a less advantaged economic base. Our families are culturally diverse and the school population continues to grow in diversity. We have a significant number of Aboriginal, Asian and African students. This year we have 30 kindergarten students and therefore we have two classes of kindergarten. Our Discovery Pre-School and full-time Pre-Kindergarten program has a full complement of students which promises for a strong student base in years to come.  Our special needs students are transported to Ferguson school.   We currently are running seven lunchrooms on a daily basis.

School Programs and Services

The staff of Dr. George Ferguson recognizes the importance of examining diversity issues, ethnic considerations and inclusive practices with regard to our EAL students as well as the three congregated programs attached to our school.  Dr. George Ferguson School has 11 classrooms in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8.  Our special needs classrooms include a senior and junior Functional Integrated Academic Program.  

Instruction and School Services personnel share responsibility in supporting the strategic plan of Dr. George Ferguson School.  We offer the array of supports, services, and programs available in all Regina Public Schools - Learning Resource, Educational Psychologist, School Counsellor, Speech-language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and school based Instructional Consultants. Our Program Specialists, Educational assistants, School Resource Officer and Public Health Nurse also serve to provide their expertise to the school community.

Dr. George Ferguson School promotes high academic achievement and the pursuit of life-long learning within a safe and caring environment. We continually strive to improve academic standings through the establishment of yearly goals developed by the staff and in consultation with our SCC.

Dr. George Ferguson School offers a full range of curricular and extracurricular activities. We have a strong arts education program with a drawing club, drama club, and a band program. The athletic program offers interschool teams in volleyball, basketball, cross country running, track & field, and co-ed softball. We have a student run Safety Patrol. Our Ferguson Student Representative Council plans additional activities over the course of the year.  In addition to the Fluoride program and muffin program, Dr. George Ferguson School has been approved for a Food for Learning Nutrition Grant for the 2014 - 2015 school year.  This will help to ensure that all students attend school well-nourished and ready to learn as we recognize that the well-being of our young population starts with good food and a good education.

School Governance Structure

Our school has a history of positive parent involvement. This positive involvement continued as we changed from a Parent Association to a School Community Council.  A constitution has been developed using the new standards as set forth by The Ministry of Education.  The School Community Council, elected annually, consists of 10 parents/guardians, the Principal, Vice-Principal and two teacher representatives.  This year the SCC is hoping to increase parental involvement, responsibility and to help broaden the base of the value of parental influence on our learning plan.  The focus will be to help the SCC become involved in the learning agenda and understand their role in supporting our Learning Improvement Plan.


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